Sickle Cell Trait Screening of Collegiate Athletes: Ethical Reasons for Program Reform

  title={Sickle Cell Trait Screening of Collegiate Athletes: Ethical Reasons for Program Reform},
  author={Rosalie Ferrari and L. Parker and R. Grubs and L. Krishnamurti},
  journal={Journal of Genetic Counseling},
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires all student-athletes have their sickle cell trait (SCT) status confirmed prior to athletic participation. The NCAA approved the screening program in 2010 for institutions participating in Division I athletics and extended it in subsequent years to institutions at Division II and III levels. Ethical concerns about the controversial policy focus on its mandatory nature and potential impact on student-athletes, particularly through… Expand
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